A Prayer for the Third Week of Advent
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn[c] of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
You told long ago through the prophets that you would raise up a servant from the line of King David to conquer evil and overcome fear. You came and redeemed your people Israel. Praise and glory to you in the highest, because you showed yourself to be true to your word when you sent Jesus. Give us boldness like John the Baptist to lead lives that herald the coming of your son. Father, we have good news that can’t be kept hidden. In Jesus you gave the knowledge of salvation and the forgiveness of sins. You made known your tender mercy that casts out evil like a sunrise disperses the night. Help us this Christmastime to be light in darkness and to walk in the path of your peace.